MePDCL to enforce load shedding across Meghalaya on April 7
Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL), on Tuesday, announced that Meghalaya will face an acute power shortage of 2.1 MU (million units) for April 7 due to the maintenance shutdown of one unit of OTPC Agartala.
Besides this, the low generation of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited hydro plants and the low water level in Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) power stations are other reasons for the power shutdown.
MePDCL informed that because of the ongoing Assembly elections across India and, with the peak summer in North and South India, energy rates in the exchange markets have touched Rs 6 per unit, "making it unviable for the state to purchase electricity on a real-time basis."
"MePDCL is compelled to enforce load shedding across Meghalaya on a rotation basis. Timing may vary slightly to ensure grid stability," read a statement issued by MeECL on Facebook.
Furthermore, it informed that the April 7 power shutdown notice is because of water availability and "has got nothing to do with the regulation notice issued from Power Grid."